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Yerkalalpata - Reconciliation Action Plan

Acknowledging Country

The City of Mount Gambier acknowledges the Boandik Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and water our city sits upon today.
We respect and recognise the deep feelings of attachment and the spiritual relationship our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have with the land and water.

As an organisation, we acknowledge country regularly as part of our standard meetings, gatherings and events. We encourage others in the community to do the same.

Here is a recent example of Council’s Acknowledgment of Country for 2020 National Reconciliation Week.

Acknowledgement of Country - National Reconciliation Week 2020

Our Vision for Reconciliation

Working together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the City of Mount Gambier has the following vision for reconciliation:

A society free of racism and prejudice where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to participate fully in the life of our community.
A city which supports expressions of cultural identity, where cultural practices, traditional sites and significant places are acknowledged, celebrated and preserved.
A community characterised by social justice which advocates for enriching the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This vision was originally written as part of a Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities presented as part of the official unfurling of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags for permanent display in the Council Chamber in 2014.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Mount Gambier’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) focuses on strengthening positive relationships, acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and providing opportunities to ensure that our First Nations peoples have the same life opportunities as other Australians.

Our RAP is titled Yerkalalpata which means Leading the Way in Bunganditj (the reclaimed language of the Boandik people). It incorporates more than 70 direct actions that strengthen our capacity as an organisation to deliver our vision for reconciliation.

The document can be downloaded below.